Drills That Will Help You Recover Guard Easily

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The days of just hopping on the mat and learning new techniques in order to be a better grappler are long gone.  As the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu evolves into something bigger by the day, our basic abilities are no longer the end-all, be-all when it comes to how good we are.

One thing that must occur if you want to excel in the field of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not still drilling certain moves and techniques, but you should put great time and effort into focusing in on just your basic drills.

These drills aren’t necessarily moves or passes, but are position specific and will help sharpen your skills and make sure your weaknesses quickly turn into strengths.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at someone who provides some fantastic drills, and that’s Ken Primola.

With a strong wrestling & BJJ background, Ken is a great teacher of the art of grappling, and knows a thing or two, to say the very least!

In particular, we’ll take a peek at one of his drills that is targeted to improve your ability to recover guard in a quick and efficient manner.

Making It A Daily Aspect Of Your Training

This drill is very basic in terms of function, but it can be extremely beneficial in more ways than one!  First, we must know the general setup of the drill:

  • Two grapplers, one on the mat, one standing.
  • The defensive grappler isn’t allowed to use their hands at all during the drill.
  • The offensive grappler must move around the mat, forcing the defensive grappler to keep their legs in front of them at all times.
  • This sequence goes on for two minute rounds.
  • The offensive grappler should go 70-80% of their intensity, just enough to make their partner really work without negating the focus of the drill.

What the focus of this drill is to maintain a certain level of competency in terms of maintain guard recovery, and preventing your opposition from mounting any type of offense.  It will be good to have this one implemented a few times a week, as it isn’t too advanced, and teaches an important aspect of the game.

Muscle Memory

One thing that this drill certainly provides is the strength and conditioning aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  We don’t participate in a sport that calls for crazy amounts of weight training, but we do need a certain level of physical ability to rely upon, and a drill such as this provides that aspect.

The guard recovery drill will really work your core—specifically the abs and the hip flexors.  Drilling these muscle groups is vital, seeing that your core connects the upper and lower body as one.

A weak core spells disaster on the mat! guard-fundamentals-retention

And it goes without saying, once you have enough muscle memory of these movements, they will become a piece of cake in a live match!

Here is another great blog on the guard pass and recovery of the guard.

Dan Faggella

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